Job Description

Surgical Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner First Assistant -$10,000.00 Sign-on Bonus

Cancer care is all we do

Hope in healing

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), part of City of Hope, takes a unique and integrative approach to cancer care. Our patient-centered care model is founded on a commitment to personalized medicine, tailoring a combination of treatments to the needs of each individual patient. At the same time, we support patients’ quality of life by offering therapies designed to help them manage the side effects of treatment, addressing their physical, spiritual and emotional needs, so they are better able to stay on their treatment regimens and get back to life. At the core of our whole-person approach is what we call the Mother Standard® of care, so named because it requires that we treat our patients, and one another, like we would want our loved ones to be treated. This innovative approach has earned our hospitals a Best Place to Work distinction and numerous accreditations. Each of us has a stake in the successful outcomes of every patient we treat.

Job Description:

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), part of City of Hope, in?suburban Phoenix (Goodyear, AZ) is currently seeking an outstanding Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner First Assist to join our Gynecologic Oncology Team.   We invite you to join us in making a difference in patient-centered cancer care! 


CTCA Phoenix is part of a nationally accredited network of cancer hospitals and outpatient care centers employing top clinical talent and offering high-quality, evidence-based care to patients across the US. As an industry leader in patient satisfaction, we provide a coordinated approach to cancer care with comprehensive access to medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, surgical oncologists, breast surgeons and other subspecialty surgeons, a wide variety of medical specialists, and numerous hospital-based specialists. Our programs are supported by robust clinical trials and precision medicine programs and are complemented with an array of supportive therapies designed to enhance quality of life and manage side effects. We provide a compassionate environment that values and respects patients and their families. Every patient’s care plan is individualized to meet his or her needs and treatment goals.? 



  • Work closely with attending gynecologic oncology surgeon and maintain the technical skill necessary to handle open, laparoscopic, and DaVinci robotic procedures.????  

  • Performs first assistant duties in the OR at various hospitals (to include, but not limited to CTCA Phoenix, HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center and Abrazo Arrowhead Hospital) and/or clinic with complete knowledge of the disease process and whole patient care scenario, including, but not limited to: positioning, preparation and draping of the patient; tissue manipulation; utilization of tying and suturing materials; drain/tube insertion; deep and superficial wound closure; application of internal devices and any other autonomous duties or procedures delegated by the supervising surgeon.?? May be asked to assist with colorectal, breast, plastic, head & neck, thoracic and urologic oncology specialties from time to time. 

  • Performs non-anesthesia minor surgical procedures without in-room supervision. 

  • Meets the specific needs of the attending surgeon and maintains the technical skills necessary to handle a broad range of procedures including, but not limited to: colorectal (including robotic cases), breast, plastic (including microvascular cases), orthopedic, gynecologic (including robotic cases), head & neck, thoracic (including robotic cases) and urologic (including robotic cases) services. 

  • Consults, collaborates and communicates well with the surgeon and other consulting medical providers, and healthcare professionals such as hospitalists, intensivists, pain management, cardiologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, nurses, etc. in order to meet the needs of the patients. 

  • Evaluates diagnose and treat?illnesses and injuries in the clinic, pre-op area, inpatient wards and internal medicine clinic. 

  • Evaluates care and orders and interprets appropriate labs, special studies (i.e. radiographic studies), IVs, diet, and therapeutic interventions as required. 

  • Educates and counsels patients. 

  • Performs comprehensive and problem-focused histories and physical examinations, including pre-operative H & Ps and evaluations, post-operative evaluations, discharge documentation and follow-up evaluations on surgical patients in the clinic, pre-op area, inpatient wards and internal medicine clinic.? Maintains the skills of the Primary Care PA. 

  • Prescribes schedule II, III, IV or V controlled substances as defined in the federal controlled substances act of 1970 (P.L. 91-513; 84 Stat. 1242; 21 United States Code section 802) and prescription only medications. 

  • Write orders as indicated for pre-operative, intra operative, post-operative and clinical follow-up care and completes documentation in a timely fashion. 

  • Ability to navigate the clinical information systems as needed to perform job duties. Knowledge and proficient with how to document patient orders, history and physicals, review the PACS system, and navigate through the surgical information system. 

  • Strictly adheres to the Universal Protocol, while performing the role of Surgical Assistant in the operating suite under the direction of the supervising physician and/or while performing other medical procedures. 

  • Provides call coverage and onsite patient rounding, in accordance with Hospital Call Program. 



  • $10,000 sign on bonus 
  • Highly competitive compensation structure 
  • Substantial benefits package including:? 
  • Comprehensive Medical/Dental/Vision Plans with Health Savings/Flex Spending Accounts? 
  • Health Savings/Flexible Spending Accounts? 
  • Disability, Long-term Care, Life and AD&D? 
  • 401(k) Savings and Retirement Plan? 
  • Generous?paid time off plan? 
  • Professional expense?reimbursement? 
  • Career development opportunities? 
  • Excellent quality of life 
  • Opportunity to learn new operative skills and help cancer patients recover form and function after cancer treatment. 



  • The ideal candidate will work three (12) hour shifts per week/week (M-F) with flexibility to travel to other clinic and hospital locations. 




Physician Assistant 

  • Successful completion of an ARC-PA (Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant) approved program? 

  • Current certification by the National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) 

  • Suturing and laparoscopy experience required 

  • Active Arizona Physician Assistant License  

  • Active DEA 

  • Current BLS/ACLS 


Nurse Practitioner 

  • Successful completion of a master’s, post-master’s or doctorate from a Nurse Practitioner (NP) program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN - formerly NLNAC)  

  • Current certification by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board (AANPCB), American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), American Nurses Credentialing Center Certification Program (ANCC)  

  • Completion of an RN First Assistant program that meets the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) standards. 

  • Active Arizona State Nursing License 

  • Active DEA 

  • Current BLS/ACLS 






We win together

Each CTCA employee is a Stakeholder, driven to make a true difference and help win the fight against cancer. Each day is a challenge, but this unique experience comes with rewards that you may never have thought possible. To ensure each team member brings his or her best self, we offer exceptional support and immersive training to encourage your personal and professional growth. If you’re ready to be part of something bigger and work with a passionate, dynamic group of care professionals, we invite you to join us. 

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